Apologies for the language, but this **** is way too complicated.
Disclaimer : The issues have nothing to do with this guide, but rather New Vegas itself.
To begin, I had tried to install TTW and everything sailed smoothly, but seeing the FPS drops (lower frames in Mojave than Wasteland) and the fact that I've played FO3 multiple times over yet never made it out of Doc Mitchell's house (ever.) made me want to simply mod New Vegas to hell and back. Not only this, but the TTW compatibility patches for many mods, as well as certain mods that simply were incompatible / messed up the game (Pipboy mods especially) made me lose interest in TTW.
However : TTW did work. As I said already, the aforementioned problems only drove me away from it, as well as low frames. I had installed a huge variety of different mods, a lot being UI, and it functioned properly. Only one crash came from ENB hogging resources and me screwing up the 4gb Patch (I was using the launcher rather than the default exe).
So, I deleted everything I could have, uninstalled New Vegas through the control panel and Steam, deleted the files within my documents folder, and attempted a fresh start. Surely, being that TTW is a huge mod with known issues, albeit stable, New Vegas alone would go off without a hitch.
Absolutely NOT the case.
Launched game from Steam, worked fine. Set up Mod Organizer, worked fine. I had installed NVSE, JIP, NVAC and NVSR, with all of the required ini edits. Worked fine.
From there, I started adding mods all the way up until UI. Started the game when the guide tells you to test it out, and this is where the problems came into play. Mind, I had made absolutely zero changes to my system between the transition from TTW to New Vegas alone.
First, the game freezes at the start up menu, alternating between the initial menu, then the Bethesda menu, and then the New Vegas main menu. More than often, music plays in the background even while frozen. Load order has been sorted with LOOT, no errors. NVEdit, no errors, even while selecting EVERY plugin and checking. Fine. Uncheck all UI mods, as I understand that UI mods are a pain in the ass, and...crash. New Vegas has stopped responding. Fine. Uncheck all mods aside from NVSE, JIP, NVAC and NVSR. Test...crash. Uncheck those, test...crash. Now I'm confused, but I keep pushing through (for hours upon hours). I check Steam to see if New Vegas works and it does. So I copy and paste ini files, restart, and boom. It works.
So I attempt to install UI mods first. DarNified UI is the problem I've determined. Simple, uncheck, only check UIO, start game. It works. (I also did install the required font changes, but only through a custom ini as I thought that would solve the issue, but the fonts weren't a problem as the game would start without them more often than not and the only issue was the missing fonts, I could still get to main menu). Start enabling other mods, one by one, and they all work. Go to rest of UI, start checking, boom. Crash. Uncheck them and go back to the same load order and priority order of when it literally worked 5 damn seconds ago and a crash. Reinstall inis, crash. Uncheck mods, crash. Reinstall inis again, works.
Point taken? Then I enable DarNified UI by itself, and it works. The moment I start adding other mods, it crashes or freezes. Steam version still works like a charm. Redo the entire process and with NOTHING checked, crash. Validate game files, despite never touching the folder since, and 2 are missing. Redownload those files, Steam version still working. Mod Organizer doesn't, so this time I go to the Profiles folder, delete everything, and let the launcher take care of new ini files. Crash. Go to My Documents, copy the ini files that supposedly should work, crash. Literally nothing checked except for the default esm. No DLCs, no mods, anything. It's. Not. Working. At this point (I'm actually doing this as I type) I've no clue as to where to go or what to do. Never have I had such issues. It completely baffles me - I work on Skyblivion and Fallout 4 : Capital Wasteland, both of which require extensive resources and compatibility issues, and yet they've never posed ANY problems. I can't even launch what should be a completely vanilla New Vegas through Mod Organizer without crashing immediately, yet this is in conjunction with the ini files that Steam loads up (both Steam and MO should be completely the same) and Steam doesn't crash?
By the way, uninstalling and reinstalling Mod Organizer usually fixes the issue of what I just described where a vanilla New Vegas doesn't work through MO, yet the exact same issues arise when I begin to mod (especially UI, which I think is the issue). I'm assuming that the UI mods make ini edits when the game is launched, but as I said, restoring the ini files do not work. It's just an endless cycle. I feel that if I try to install TTW as well, that the problems will actually continue.
One thing - I have NOT deleted any registry keys. Perhaps that is the issue. I don't believe that the install files are corrupted (after all - Steam version works). Also, the 4GB Patcher for some reason still has Steam overlay enabled, which I turned off through Steam. Perhaps unrelated as TTW worked with it regardless and there technically isn't an overlay as I can't bring up Steam in game. There shouldn't be any other overlays - I've even disabled Radeon settings from touching the game.
My specs are as followed:
- PCS+ R9 290 (overclocked by default)
- i5-4690K (not overclocked)
- 8GB 2133Mhz RAM
- Windows 10 (Fall Update - I have some feeling that Windows 10 is the issue, as always)
- Other useless specs
Apologies for my constant whining. I know I am coming off as incredibly immature, but I've been driven to my wit's end with this. I really want to play New Vegas (FYI, I had it modded quite some time ago - perhaps a year, or two ago and got all the way to the finish line with this same exact guide and had not a single issue. But I wasn't feeling the game and deleted it [ I do the same with Skyrim :P ]. However, I do believe I was using Windows 8, if that means anything. Presumably not as the guide has since been tremendously updated. As I was saying, I apologize for the inconvenience, complaining, profanity, etc. I've tried nearly every different method to fix this and nothing has worked. Nothing except constant reinstalls, and even then I can't get farther than UI. And as I previously stated, this has nothing to do with the guide itself - it's truly an incredible one that, certainly, isn't the core issue. I'm posting here in hopes that perhaps somebody can assist me, and maybe somebody has come across the exact same issue. Thank you.
P.S - I may simply try installing Windows 7 or 8 as a dual OS and then test.
Double P.S - I mentioned that I didn't delete registry. Perhaps I should?